Northwest wellness uses one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world.
Our Chiropractors are educated and employ a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience in combination with your own unique needs and wishes. Some prefer gentle low force adjustments while others appreciate a more vigorous adjustment. Either way you choose we will ensure your adjustment is safely administered, painless and comfortable.
The Activator Method in chiropractic care uses a tool known as an “activator device”. This device is a small handheld spring-loaded instrument, which delivers a small impulse to the spine.
This technique was originally created as an alternative to strictly manual adjustments. It involves an evaluation of leg length, which indicates an issue with the vertebra. The Chiropractor will also evaluate the length by use of further evaluation when the patient moves their arms in different positions.
The activator device is used to make adjustments in the spine from the feet toward the head. Each click of the device delivers no more that 0.3 J of kinetic energy. It is only enough force to move the vertebra with no concern of possible injury
The Diversified Technique is a chiropractor “classic”. It is a technique taught in every chiropractic school in the country. It is characterized as having high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust.
Although commonplace in use, the differentiation between the Diversified method and others is its effectiveness to restore movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction. These types of adjustments generally result in the popping sound as a manual adjustment to correct misaligned or subluxated spinal segments of the neck or back.
This technique is completely manual. The Chiropractor will have you maintain specific positions so they can make the proper adjustments using the high velocity, low-amplitude thrust discussed above.
Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)
Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) may sound intimidating but don’t let the name scare you. It is a technical term to describe a technique that has been helping millions of patient’s, like yourself, since the early 1980’s.
The purpose of the SOT method is to normalize the relationship between the foundation of the spine and the top of the spine. The relationship between these two locations is important to the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord.
Upon completion of your exam, if it is determined SOT is the best technique to treat you we will use wedge shaped pelvic blocks and other hands-on adjusting techniques to make corrections between the foundation and top of your spine. The wedge shaped pelvic blocks are strategically placed to allow the weight of ones own body to correct itself.
Sports Injuries and Extremities
Normally when you consider Chiropractic you likely think of just spinal adjustments. However extremity adjustments may also be necessary to provide relief, encourage healing from sports or related injuries. Extremities simply refer to any joints of the body besides the joints of the spine such as the ribs, elbows, shoulders, wrists, knees, fingers and so on. Extremity problems can also cause chronic spinal problems.
NEW – Graston Technique®
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 16,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
GT is utilized at some 1,650 outpatient facilities and 55 industrial sites, by more than 250 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 57 respected colleges and universities.
For more information on the Gratson Technique® visit: www.grastontechnique.com